What is the point of doing an English / Literature major? Why study literature at university? What should be gained from it? Should there even be a literature major at university?
What does the ideal undergrad Lit curriculum look like? Should we study the greeks (and romans)? (personally I think yes.) Should we read according to periods, movements, authors, or some other arbitrary restriction (like literature of the American West or incarceration literature)? What is required reading for a student who takes ~12 courses of in-depth study?
you study literature because you're a pseud who is obsessed with seeming intelligent and insightful because you're a lit major but the programs aren't at all just reading classics but actually force you to engage with literature in a way you never thought you had to -- as a global phenomenon -- so you post about how the leftists have killed literature study and then you drop out
you're being ironic but I can't tell if it's a good thing to read only classics in lit class. as you said, it's true that classes teach you new ways to look at literature, even if some of those interpretive lenses are misled or irrelevant.
Hey /lit/, what's the best translation/edition of Plato's Republic?
a nice cover doesn't hurt
Looking for authors who specialize in urban settings, miserable characters and plots centered around crime. Preferably modern stuff
Is this saga good?
In my opinion it's the best fantasy series out there. It's huge, it's complicated, and you really need to get into a different mindset for reading the books. Still, I can't remember the last time a book made me feel this fucking emotional.
It makes a lot of contemporary fantasy pale in comparison.
Nothing is objectively subjective,
truth/false and why?
I wanna start reading more but every time I do, I end up getting bored and inadvertently quitting before I'm 1/4 of the way through. I'd like some recs for books that are not boring, preferably fiction. Violence and sci-fi are pluses. I enjoyed the Ender's Game series as a teenager. No verbosity and unnecessary length please.
Also please don't dump a huge list. I wanna be able to look into your suggestions and see if they look worth buying and not have it take a day to do so.
Thanks in advance and sorry if there was a needy or demanding tone.
What are /lit/'s favorite self improvement books?
This book seems very convoluted. Am I just stupid?
Alright, /lit/, we're going to find out what our favorite book is. Come answer this poll. I started it off with the /lit/ starter kit and a few meme books, but you can add your own to the list. Vote!
Post literature heavyweights
OH SHIT I GET IT. Kinda like the lit version of pic related.
Why do literature professors obsess about guessing what the "author meant"?
Like with lord of the rings, tolkien had to go around telling people that "no, it wasn't meant to be a war allegory, please stop saying that".
What purpose does it serve? Without the author confirming it, there is no way to 100% tell whether one view is correct or not and even if you are right, you win no prizes. It has about as much effect as guessing which sports team is going to win the upcoming match.
They don't. Not since Roland Barthes' "Death of the Author" at least. Seriously, how can people read literature and not have previously heard of Barthes’ ideas before. God, /lit/ has gone to complete shit!
Since /lit/ seems to be possessed by nothing but trending memes, as an oldfag, I was wondering if any newfags have any thoughts on the following texts. Have you even read them, or, at least, heard of them? Opinions?
I've read neither, but as an educator am interested by Goodman.
He's quoted here and there in Teaching as a Subversive Activity, but the authors disagree with what I take to be his radical anarchism.
Help me out /lit/, please.
I am a STEM student from a country that has no connection to English literature, but I want to understand and enjoy the greatest works of the English canon to the fullest. The one I'm more hyped to read is Ulysses, because everyone says it is incredibly great and I loved the Iliad and the Odyssey. Even though I'm in STEM for a carreer path it is from literature that I take the most pleasure in my life and to literature that I owe the molding of my character. I would go through great effort to understand a book like Ulysses.
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Already have, I'm also through the process of going through almost the entire western philosophy canon, but I can attend to classes about those and /lit/ already has loads of detailed guides with links to lectures.
>Let us cultivate our garden
Why do people celebrate Camus and his purported absurdism when Voltaire got there first 200 years earlier, and basically did it as a joke?
>Our labour preserves us from three great evils -- weariness, vice, and want.
>“But for what purpose was the earth formed?" asked Candide. "To drive us mad," replied Martin.”
>I have wanted to kill myself a hundred times, but somehow I am still in love with life. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our more stupid melancholy propensities, for is there anything more stupid than to be eager to go on carrying a burden which one would gladly throw away, to loathe one’s...
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>write a true story about my silent love for my creative writing professor
>read it aloud to the class